The Broncos released Daniels on Tuesday, Mike Klis of 9 News Denver reports.
After Gary Kubiak was hired as the Broncos' head coach last year, Daniels hooked up with his former boss in Denver and proceeded to put together a modest campaign, gathering in 46 catches for 517 yards and three touchdowns in the regular season. Once the AFC championship game rolled around, though, Daniels made his greatest impact for the Mile-High residents, as he teamed up with Peyton Manning to post two first-half touchdowns in an eventual two-point victory versus the Patriots. While he has a Super Bowl title under his belt, Daniels demonstrated that he still has something left in the tank and should draw some interest on the open market.
Daniels caught 46 of 77 targets for 517 yards and three touchdowns in 2015. He followed up with five catches off of eight targets for 61 yards and Denver's only two receiving touchdowns in the playoffs.
Daniels ranked third in every major receiving category for Denver, but it wasn't as though Denver didn't try to cut into his targets. The team invested a third-round pick in Jeff Heuerman before the season only to see him go down with a knee injury in the offseason. They then traded for Vernon Davis, who failed to deliver on his early promise. That left Daniels, a personal favorite of head coach Gary Kubiak, as Denver's top tight end. That isn't likely to change in 2016. Davis is unlikely to return, Heuerman will need to adjust to the pro game and young Virgil Green has yet to see his receiving prowess match up with his skills as a blocker. Expect Daniels to hold onto the No. 3 receiving role in Denver, especially if Brock Osweiler stays on. Daniels averaged 3.1 receptions per game in Osweiler's seven starts, as compared to 2.4 per game in Manning's 12 starts, including the playoffs.
Daniels secured one of two targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 24-10 Super Bowl victory over the Panthers.
The veteran tight end notably came up with an impressive 18-yard reception on the game's first play before essentially becoming a non-factor the rest of the way. The 33-year-old put together a solid season in his first Denver campaign, especially considering that he played with a physically compromised Peyton Manning and inexperienced Brock Osweiler. Daniels came close to duplicating the 2014 numbers he'd put up in his lone season in Baltimore, tallying 46 catches for 517 yards and three touchdowns. Under the Broncos' control for two more seasons, Daniels will likely be brought back in 2016 as an effective veteran insurance policy at tight end.
Daniels scored touchdowns of 21 and 12 yards on his only two catches during Sunday's win over the Patriots in the AFC championship game.
The veteran was targeted just three times on the day, but he certainly got his money's worth, scoring both of the Broncos' touchdowns in a two-point win. Daniels doesn't always see his share of targets, but Peyton Manning has proven willing to look his way in and around the red zone, as was the case Sunday. As such, Daniels' should maintain his touchdown-dependent role when the Super Bowl rolls around in two weeks.
Daniels caught his lone target of Sunday's victory over the Chargers for a 15-yard gain.
Daniels' production and exposure in the offense has been all over the place this season, but his single target on Sunday was a season low. Daniels has spent much of the year third in the pecking order behind outside threats Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Don't expect that to change in the playoffs. In three games against potential Division Round opponents Kansas City and Pittsburgh this season, Daniels averaged two catches per game for 16 yards.
Daniels (knee/shoulder) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Chargers.
Daniels, who caught five of his seven targets in this past Monday's win over the Bengals, is available if you need him Sunday, and of late he's seen more looks than fellow TE Vernon Davis, which gives Daniels some utility in deeper fantasy formats.
Daniels (knee/shoulder) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Chargers.
Daniels -- who caught five of his seven targets in Monday's win over the Bengals -- returned to practice Friday after sitting out Thursday's session, which puts him on track to suit up for Sunday's regular season finale, a 4:25 ET kickoff.
Daniels (knee, shoulder) did not practice Thursday.
We'll circle back on Daniels' status Friday, but so far there has been nothing to suggest that he'll miss Sunday's game against the Chargers, which would of course would be supported by a probable injury designation on the Broncos' final Week 17 injury report.
Daniels led the Broncos with 70 yards from five catches (on seven targets) in Monday night's win over the Bengals.
Daniels represented a reliable security blanket for quarterback Brock Osweiler, as only star wideout Demaryius Thomas was targeted more Monday. With 70 yards against the Bengals, Daniels posted his second-highest total of the campaign, putting him in good standing ahead of Sunday's regular season finale versus the Chargers.
Daniels (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Steelers.
Daniels is available if you need him Sunday, though the continued health and presence of fellow TE Vernon Davis hampers his fantasy upside in Week 15.
Daniels (knee) is listed as probable for Sunday's game in Pittsburgh.
Daniels upped his practice participation throughout the week, culminating in a full session Friday afternoon. He should be fine for Sunday's game, but it was Vernon Davis who got most of the tight-end targets last week. With the two players splitting looks in an offense that also features Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, there simply isn't much upside to be had.
Daniels (knee) returned to a limited practice Thursday.
Daniels should be a go Sunday against the Steelers, though the continued health and presence of fellow TE Vernon Davis hampers his fantasy upside in Week 15.
Daniels (knee) did not practice Wednesday.
Daniels, who caught three of four targets for 43 yards in this past Sunday's loss to the Raiders, is likely getting a veterans day off here, but we'll let you know if that assessment changes. Of more concern is the health and presence of fellow TE Vernon Davis, who hauled in seven catches for 74 yards in Week 14.
Daniels caught three of four targets for 43 yards in Sunday's loss to Oakland.
Fantasy owners are beginning to see the Vernon-Davis effect in Denver. In Brock Osweiler's first two starts, Daniels bested Davis with nine total catches for 117 yards as compared to eight catches for 78 yards. In the two weeks since, Davis has taken a slight lead, with nine catches for 99 yards as compared to Daniels' five catches for 56 yards. With the way Gary Kubiak likes to use his tight ends, there is plenty of balls to go around in Denver, but Daniels was showing modest production before Davis came to town and any reduction should concern owners.
Daniels (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Raiders.
Daniels is out there if you need him this week, but he'll have to contend with some competition for TE targets from Vernon Davis, who is also in uniform, despite having headed into the weekend listed as questionable with a concussion.
Daniels (knee) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Raiders.
Daniels was limited to begin the week, but participated in full at Friday's practice, which should allow him to suit up Sunday, when fellow tight end Vernon Davis (concussion) is listed as questionable to play.
Daniels (knee) was limited at practice Wednesday.
Daniels being limited at practice these days is not especially noteworthy, but there's a chance he could see added work in Week 14 if fellow TE Vernon Davis, who is in the NFL's concussion protocol, is not cleared for Sunday's contest against the Raiders.
Daniels brought in two passes off of three targets for 13 yards in Sunday's win over the Chargers.
Daniels' three targets came after he saw 11 passes come his way in Brock Osweiler's first two starts under center. That dip in opportunities can be explained, in part, due to the fact that Osweiler attempted the fewest number of passes of his three-game stint as starter on Sunday and the Broncos' desire to get Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders involved early. Daniels has topped 50 receiving yards just twice this season and hasn't scored in four games, so he can hardly be considered a consistent big-game performer. Given the competition he has at tight end with Vernon Davis and Virgil Green, expect Daniels to lead the group but fail to put together too many big games down the stretch.
Daniels (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Chargers.
Daniels is out there if you need him Sunday, and despite the introduction of Vernon Davis to the Broncos' TE mix, Daniels has still managed to combine for nine catches on 11 targets for 117 yards over the team's last two games.
Daniels (knee) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Chargers.
Daniels' practice involvement has fluctuated throughout this week, but it appears he'll be good to go once Sunday rolls around. Although he's expected to play, Daniels' fantasy stock is clouded by having both Vernon Davis and Virgil Green at his tight end position for the Broncos.